Jewish Hijabis are you out there?

Shalom Aleichem, Salaam Aleikum everyone,

You’re probably wondering why on earth there is a blog named Jewish Hijabi and how you got here. (either you were searching for a new hijab or you’ve reached that part of the internet! Time to go do something more productive, eh?) Well, if you like hijab and jilbab then you’ve found the right place, because I do too!

Simply put, I am a Jewish Orthodox woman who is Jewish Orthodox who wants to wear hijab. Even Jilbab on some days. Much like what you see here: 

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jilbabI really admire the modest way of dress in the Muslim religion. In fact, I would like to take it on full-time. I wish I could get up tomorrow and go to work in hijab instead of my usual tichel/mitpacha (Jewish scarf) that I tie behind my head. I actually feel more beautiful in hijab.

You might be wondering at this point: isn’t Judaism and hijab kind of a contradiction? Well, I don’t think so. Considering that Jewish women of the past used to wear a rodeed and a kalta when outside, it seems to me that we might have dressed similarly. And since Judaism tends to take on the culture of the country it is in, why would it be so shocking to see a Jewish woman in hijab? In a world where freedom and equality tends to translate as dressing in less and showing more skin, couldn’t we , as free to choose, choose to dress in the way that we wish? Why should it be a stigma to cover up more if we choose to?

I am actually here, as shy as I am, in search of other Jewish women, like me, who have an affinity for the Muslim dress code. As a means to bringing ourselves closer to Hashem, as means to self-respect and dignity. I also don’t want to be the only Jewish woman in the world who wears salwar kameez  (yes I do and no I am not of indian /pakistani descent), or wishes she could go to synagogue in an overhead abaya or a hijab.

I am in search of the women, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, who find hijab, jilbab, abaya, salwar kameez, empowering and freeing. Because that is what modesty is for me. And I would love to meet others who feel the same way. (Please comment below and let me know I am not the only one!)

What I want to know from you:

  • Is a Jewish woman in hijab shocking? (and why?)
  • Would you accept it?
  • Would you freak out if you saw a woman in hijab at an orthodox synagogue? or any synagogue?
  • For those of you who do wear hijab (aka covering your ears and neck) do you wear it in that manner all the time? Do you attend shul like that? Do you hide it? Was it hard to find acceptance? Have you found it?

I welcome your comments and thoughts. Please feel free to email me at jewishhijabi@gmail.com

~Jewish Hijabi

The whole glory of the daughter of the king is within – Tehilim 45:14

(Photo of hijab from ebay. Photo of jilbab from pinterest)
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